We’ve got a few glimpses into Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) dark past already in the Avengers movies, but it looks like the poor lass had an even harder time while training to be an assassin that we realized. In the Captain America: Civil War junior (yes, really) novelization, Natasha gives her pal Steve Rogers a chilling account of one of the incidents that shaped her as a child going through the “Red Room” programme.
Here’s the excerpt in question:
Natasha studied Cap’s expression of resolve. Finally, she said, “In Russia, in the Red Room, there were dozens of us. All girls, all young. We lived together. They let us be friends. Then they dropped us in the tundra, two weeks’ walk from home, with just enough supplies for one of us to survive.”
Cap looked at her, understanding her meaning.
“Don’t let them push us into the cold,” she said.
Yikes. We’re not sure how close this exchange came to appearing in the actual movie, but it’s possible the suggestion that Widow murdered her childhood friends may have been considered too dark for a Disney flick. That it wasn’t for a children’s book based on the film is odd, but that’s another story.
Perhaps Miss Romanov’s traumatizing origins will be explored further if this Black Widow solo movie ever gets off the ground? In the meantime, you can relive the character’s awesome action scenes when Captain America: Civil War hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 13.